Boston Veggie


“There is no ‘need’ for animal proteins at all.”
May 26, 2010, 8:44 am
Filed under: Recipes, Uncategorized, Veg News

Did you know that most Americans consume far more protein than is actually healthy for them? According to the USDA, men consume over 190% of their daily recommended intake and women 160%. Too much protein can lead to kidney failure, and leeching of calcium from bones, not to mention that America’s favorite sources of protein come from the fattiest foods, leading to obesity and all the complications that come with it! Check out this article in the Huffington Post that discusses this debacle and suggestions for how to solve it!

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A few food network vegan recipes
December 2, 2009, 7:47 pm
Filed under: Recipes

I love the food network. I mean, who doesn’t? It’s like porn when you’re hungry. But if you go to foodnetwork.com, and search the word vegan, nothing good will come up. There are a few things I’d be willing to try, but obviously there is not the hoards of amazing meals anyone eating anything else can find. Also, none of the recipes come from their big stars like Paula (Ms. 6 sticks o’butta), Giada (extra parmsean please), or Bobby Flay (who is most known for his barbecuing skills).

But, there are PLENTY of vegan recipes on foodnetwork.com, if you know how to find them. Here are a few of my favorite “can be made vegan” recipes from The Food Network:

Giada’s Greek Caponata

Neeley’s Roasted Broccoli with Cherry Tomatoes

Bobby Flay’s Grilled Japanese Eggplant

Tyler Florence’s Baked Apples

Neeley’s Grilled Pineapple and Onion Salad

Giada’s Spinach Pesto

Mario Batali’s Risotto with Asparagus and Fennel

Not to say that there aren’t more. Searching vegetarian yields more results than vegan, and most of those can be made vegan. These are just recipes that I have tried and enjoyed. The Food Network is actually quite Veggie friendly, whether it likes it or not!



Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie!
November 29, 2009, 3:03 pm
Filed under: Recipes

Boloco has a smoothie called “The Jimmy Carter,” that tastes just like a butterfinger. It’s peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate. I’m sure there’s a way to make it vegan at Boloco, but I prefer to make it at home so I know exactly what’s in it.

1 or 2 bananas, sliced
A handful of vegan chocolate chips
2 tablespoons organic peanut butter
Enough milk alternative to cover all ingredients (I used vanilla soy)
And some flax seeds for good measure

Combine in blender and puree!

Great for kids and adults alike!



A Very Vegan Thanksgiving
November 26, 2009, 10:14 pm
Filed under: Recipes

For Thanksgiving, I made mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, peas and onions, a green bean casserole, and pumpkin/pecan pie. And this time  a whole TWO people tried my stuff… TWO :-). Last year, no one even went near my Thanksgiving dishes, so I was pleasantly surprised that even one person let alone TWO people wanted to try things I made.And of course, they loved it.

You can find the mashed potato recipe here, the gravy recipe here, the green bean casserole recipe here, and the pumpkin pie recipe here.

Green Bean Casserole

Pumpkin Pecan pie

I would recommend all of these recipes, they were all SO good. Happy Thanksgiving!

 



Fruit for Breakfast!
November 18, 2009, 12:35 pm
Filed under: Personal, Recipes

While oneweekraw.com has been a great resource for my week-long raw “fast,” many of the recipes require too much prep time. So this morning for breakfast I just had a fruit salad with apples, bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and grapes. Fruit is the best way to start your morning whether you’re raw, vegan, or a full blown carnivore because all fruit is PACKED with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in the easiest form possible for your body to digest.

For your stomach, eating fruit is like taking a first grade spelling test, whereas eating something like pot roast is like taking a Chemistry exam in Med school. Eat your fruits and veggies and make your stomach happy!



“Collard Wraps”
November 17, 2009, 10:50 pm
Filed under: Recipes


Going along with my raw food stint, I made “Collard Wraps” for lunch using a recipe from oneweekraw.com.

3 large collard leaves
1 avocado
carrots
chopped red pepper
sprouts

Put the avocado, carrots, red pepper and sprouts into the collard leaves and roll them into “wraps.” This wrap was okay, it wasn’t the best thing I ever ate, but I know it is full of so many good things so for that reason I loved it. And the colors are just beautiful.



Raw for a week!
November 17, 2009, 1:36 pm
Filed under: Personal, Recipes

As I prepare to embark upon the holiday season, I know that even as a vegan, I will be endulging myself in all the treats that come with this time of year. So with Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I want to take a week and try to eat the healthiest I can eat, before I eat the least healthiest I eat. I am going to TRY to be 90% RAW for five days using guidelines laid out by oneweekraw.com. I found this website and was so impressed. I had always wanted to try the raw lifestyle (just for a little), but was unsure how to do it. Well, oneweekraw.com gives you seven days of recipes and lists all the things you need to buy to make them. Unfortunately it also lists all of the “equipment” you’d need to be full blown raw: a dehydrator, a spiraller, juicer, and more. So the recipes I’m choosing to do are the ones I’m already equipped for because I’m certainly not trying to go out and buy a dehyadrator.

For those of you unaware, the raw food movement advocates against cooking food above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Raw foodists vary in their creed. Most are raw vegan, though even within that sect there are those who think eating mostly fruits is better and those that think eating mostly vegetables is better. And then there are raw foodists who eat raw meat and raw vegetables and raw milk. I can’t really wrap my mind around that one, but raw veganism makes sense to me.

The theory behind raw veganism is that there are enzymes in food that get broken down when we cook, and that the cooking process also destroys essential nutrients in food. The reason I’m not raw is because while that may be somewhat true, I don’t believe that the cooking process destroys all nutrients and sometimes it just changes them. For example, if you steam carrots, you almost completely depleat its Vitamin C content. However, you triple the Vitamin A content. So you win some you lose some. Also, I still try to eat plenty of raw food in my diet: fruit for breakfast, salads, etc.

And besides, people already freaked out when I told them I was vegan let alone RAW. It would be nearly impossible to carry on a social life as a raw vegan, unless you live in Manhattan where raw restaurants are a plenty. Then again, how would you get omnivores to go with you? There is A raw restaurant in Boston called Grezzo which I have reviewed before. It was okay, but very expensive. Even on this five day stint, I’m probably not going to go to Grezzo.

Regardless of how incredibly good it is for you, I just canont see myself being 100% raw all the time. Even on this “fast,” I know I am going to eat hummus, which is not raw (the garbonzo beans are cooked before being turned into hummus). But most raw foodists do consider themselves 70-80% raw.

This morning, I made oneweekraw’s “Green Smoothie,” which is ironic because my smoothie came out bloody-mary-red. But here’s what’s in it:

1 banana
2 cups frozen fruit
1/3 bunch spinach
1/2 cup goji berries soaked in warm water for 10 min. (optional)
water for consistency

This smoothie was pretty good. It wasn’t AMAZZZZINGG but it was fine. Goji berries are the strangest things though. They are like raisins mixed with sliced almonds but taste like ginger/cranberries. And that is the world I will be living in this next week. The world of goji berries and raw kombucha and smoothies, OH MY!